The Kansas City Chiefs waived six players yesterday, notable among them was RB Kolby Smith. But Bob Gretz was surprised by one of the lesser known players given walking papers.
TE Leroy Banks – and his release was a bit of a surprise. There’s no question a log jam exists at the tight end position; before Banks was released there were six players on the roster. Banks was the shortest and the second lightest of the group. As a receiver, he showed skill in getting separation and making some difficult catches. But his size made him vulnerable in the blocking game. With Tony Moeaki stepping forward in the last few practices the Chiefs were reminded that they drafted a tight end that can catch the ball the way Banks does.
I didn’t touch on Banks or the other UDFAs yesterday when the news came down, but he did look like a guy that was going to make it to training camp. Even though it seemed he was only brought in to be a warm body at a position thinned out by injuries, Banks managed to get noticed for a handful of positive plays in his short time on the team. With the continued struggles of 2009 draft pick Jake O’Connell, the position seemed to be fluid.
Right now the ball is in rookie Tony Moeaki’s court with the only hurdles between him and the starting job his health and Leonard Pope.